Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet ended the opening day of practice at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear as the fastest Chevrolet powered driver in fourth place with a fastest time of 01:16.5864s and speaking following the action on track he said:
Solid first day here in Detroit. We’ve got some great pace and I feel confident we’ll be able to challenge for the Verizon P1 award tomorrow in qualifying. It’s a jam-packed weekend with not a lot of time for adjustments, so I’m very pleased the crew at Team Penske put together a car for me that was this comfortable out of the gate.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet ended the day in seventh place with a fastest time of 01:16.7888s and speaking following his day in the car the Frenchman commented by saying:
It was a good day. I think the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevy is getting to where I want to be. This weekend we’re in a Chevy town, so we want to do well for them. We have strong competition from the Hondas. It’s going to be tough, but I feel like we’ve done a great job from Practice 1 to Practice 2, so we’re improving the car. Tomorrow, we’re going to try and get into the Firestone Fast Six.
Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet ended the day in 12th place and speaking following the action, Power commented by saying:
Today’s practices were not bad. We kind of made a mistake when we were doing pretty well in that last session. We still have a bit of pace to find compared to the other cars, but the No. 12 Verizon Chevy team is working to find it.